Bands/Musicians The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time  

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List Rules 3 piece bands...

Across all types of music what is the best 3 piece band ever? Add your own favorite band...heck even country works... country is a musical genre. Even contemporary country, unfortunately.

These are the best 3 piece bands ever, the best musical trios if you will... the best THREE MAN BANDS if you want to say it that way.


These 3 man bands run the spectrum from very very famous, to not so famous. But don't vote based on fame... some of the best bands aren't super famous. Obviously. It's about the music! it's not a popularity contest. Who is your favorite three piece band?
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1,074 503
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Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

2
817 378
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Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

3
693 346
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Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

4
995 554
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Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

5
729 446
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New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk

6
622 346
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Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

7
687 457
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

8
534 426
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Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music

9
461 197
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

10
435 301
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New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

11
292 293
Thin Lizzy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

12
413 386
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Pop punk, Rock music, Skate punk

13
289 237
Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop

14
240 194
Bee Gees is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Valdave added Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

15
269 225
Grand Funk Railroad is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

16
302 268
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Progressive metal, Rock music, Experimental rock

17
252 224
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Rock music, Progressive rock, Art rock

18
248 265
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New Wave, Psychobilly, Rock music

19
262 343
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Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

20
221 151
The Cure is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
New Wave, Gothic rock, Rock music

21
174 191
America is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Classic rock, Rock music, Folk rock

22
162 180
The Jam is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music

23
173 198
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

24
100 100
The Supremes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
ColinBoddy added Girl group, Doo-wop, Psychedelic soul

25
176 195
James Gang is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Rock music, Hard rock

26
169 195
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Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

27
101 103
Three Dog Night is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Valdave added Blue-eyed soul, Rock music, Pop rock

28
146 217
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Alternative rock, Punk rock, Post-hardcore

29
94 101
Toto is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
michael-reilly added Melodic Rock, Neo-progressive rock, Pop music

30
100 213
Train is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Adult album alternative, Blues-rock, Rock music

31
130 223
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Noise rock, Grunge, Alternative rock

32
86 129
Dixie Chicks is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
ColinBoddy added Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

33
81 162
Everclear is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Rock music, Grunge, Pop rock

34
121 206
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Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

35
62 107
TLC is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Hip hop music, Girl group, Alternative hip hop

36
93 128
Mountain is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

37
84 104
A-ha is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
ColinBoddy added Adult album alternative, Synthpop, New Wave

38
72 104
Peter, Paul and Mary is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
hellodalai added Folk music, Folk rock

39
70 92
Paramore is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
hellodalai added Pop punk, Rock music, Emo

40
54 73
Chevelle is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
hellodalai added Nu metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

41
38 74
Fugees is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
hellodalai added Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Reggae

42
39 112
Lady Antebellum is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
Country pop, Pop music, Country

43
26 66
Rascal Flatts is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
hellodalai added Adult contemporary music, Country pop, Pop music

44
75 158
The Outfield is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

45
71 154
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Dance-punk, Experimental music, Alternative rock

46
54 92
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Synthpop, Grunge, Pop rock

47
27 67
Queen + Paul Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
EveryIdeaStolen added Blues-rock, Rock music, Hard rock

48
53 139
Destiny's Child is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
ColinBoddy added Urban contemporary, Girl group, Hip hop music

49
55 139
Thompson Twins is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
hellodalai added Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

50
31 86
Salt-N-Pepa is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time
hellodalai added Hip hop music, Girl group, Pop rap